• Chestnut Hill Philadelphia Counselor
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Perhaps you're on a counseling site because something is bothering you. Anxiety, relationships, young adult or mid-life transitions, concern about your own or family member's alcohol or drug use. Something you want: less stress, better relationships, peace. Our 24/7 world can cause otherwise successful people to get out of balance in their lives. We were never given a manual on how to manage relationships or stress. I help courageous professionals and couples get back on track. Good news: effective, quality counseling works. On-line, phone or F2F in a private boutique counseling setting. Together we’ll collaborate to get your life, work, recovery, or relationships working again. It's time to feel better. Help is here.


Counselor & Therapist

Chestnut Hill & Lower Gwynedd

Deb Owens, Licensed Counselor, Relationship Coach




Where’s that map we never got on how to manage stressors and challenges?

Compassionate. Results oriented. Through counseling, we work together to help you reach your goals and find more peace and happiness.

Counseling or Therapy is an investment in your life, relationships, health, well being, and future.

Click links below for more info on each specialization:

MOOD: worrying, anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, CBT therapy

ADDICTION or misuse: alcohol, drugs, codependence, parents or partners concerned about a love one’s alcohol or drug use, adult children of alcoholics, aca counseling

•RELATIONSHIPS: individual counselor, marriage or couples therapist

TRANSITIONS: counseling for midlife, young adults

You can be confident that I’ll be with you to inspire, challenge, and encourage. I help successful people upgrade their life and relationships.

Let’s get you feeling better. Live the life you deserve.

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I get it. I’ve been there. It’s tough trying to figure out how to make a marriage or relationship work.

They never gave us a manual on how to have a healthy, long term relationship or marriage.

Where’s the GPS for relationships?

As your marriage counselor, I’ll help you to get unstuck from unhelpful patterns.

  • Trust or intimacy challenges
  • Tense over family, parenting, chores
  • Feel like roommates, drifting apart?
  • Relationship coaching or couples counseling helps  

Struggle is inevitable. A necessary part of every relationship. We can’t grow a strong and healthy marriage without challenges.

Don’t wait until it worsens. There is hope.

Through relationship or couples counseling you can discover tools to improve communication skills and connection. Get your relationship back on track.

With your commitment and right kind of effort together, your marriage can bounce back. Marriage counseling can help you be close and caring again.

Stop worrying about your marriage or relationship. Through individual or couples counseling, learn to feel good about it again.

It may be hard work for a while. The rewards are worth it.

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